Where are They Now

Dr. J. David Miller (1978)


Professor Miller received his secondary education at the University of New Brunswick, before studying at the University of Portsmouth in England, where he was also a NATO Science Postdoctoral Fellow. His post-university career at Agriculture Canada in 1982, and became head of the Fusarium mycotoxin program in 1988.  He became a Professor and then NSERC Research Chair at Carleton University in 2000.  Dr. Miller has published more than 300 papers on various aspects of fungi and fungal toxins and has co-written/edited eight books on the public health aspects of fungi and on fungal toxins.  He participated in several International Agency for Research on Cancer Monographs, is co-author of an IARC Scientific Publication on mycotoxins in a developing country context (2012).  He was a member of the drafting committee of the World Health Organization IPCS monograph on fumonisin B1.  He was a member of the Toxicology Study Selection and Review Committee that considers compounds nominated by the US Food and Drug Administration to the National Toxicology program.

Dr. Tracy Clarke (1998)

Tracy visited the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) as an external reviewer during 2012. The site is located in the Atacama desert of northern Chile at an altitude of 5058 meters (16597 ft). Walking around the site was an interesting challenge in itself! The array is nearing completion and will be the  most powerful instrument ever built to study star formation in the early Universe as well as planet formation in nearby solar systems.

Dr. Tracy Clarke is a Research Astronomer in the Remote Sensing Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. She served as and the System Scientist for the Long Wavelength Array and is the Project Scientist for Astronomy for a new $1.1M VLA Ionospheric and Transient Experiment being deployed on the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array. Tracy attended the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton campus) where she received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics in 1993. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Toronto, receiving an M.Sc. in Astronomy in 1994. She continued her graduate work at the University of Toronto and, with support from O'Brien Foundation funding (1998), she completed her Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1999.

Dr. David Bardsley (1975)

Dr. Bardsley was the first recipient of an O’Brien Foundation Fellowship

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Dr. David Bardsley is the founder of Silver Eagle Media, a company dedicated to helping individuals increase their cognitive ability and perform at their highest intellectual level. Diagnosed as mentally retarded and institutionalized as a child, he rose to become an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon; a profession he practiced for 12 years before retiring to follow his passions of learning and physical activity. He has spent the past five years crisscrossing the country presenting to business executives, teachers and parents organizations and has recently authored the book, “The Less Than Perfect Child.” He presents the latest scientific information and evidence based best practices for increasing intellectual ability, at any stage of life, through the use of specific physical activities.

He holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., D.D.S. and Fellowship in Oral & maxillofacial Surgery.


Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein (2008)

Krista-Byers-HeinleinDr. Krista Byers-Heinlein is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concordia University, where she directs the Concordia Infant Research Lab.  Krista Graduated from Fredericton High School in 1999, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Computer Science from McGill University in 2003.  From 2004-2010, she pursued graduate studies in Developmental Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and with the support of the O’Brien Foundation fellowship (2008), received her MA and PhD degrees.

Krista’s research focuses on bilingualism in infancy: how young infants hearing two languages from birth successfully acquire their languages.  She has investigated questions such as how prenatal exposure to two languages affects infants’ listening preferences at birth, and how bilingual 1-year-olds learn new words.  Part of her interest in bilingualism stems from her childhood growing up in New Brunswick and attending French Immersion school.

She has published widely in academic journals including as Psychological Science, Cognition, and Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. She had received provincial and federal grants to support her research, and numerous awards including most recently the Society for Research on Child Development Outstanding Dissertation Award (2011), the Desjardins Chercheur étoile (“Star Researcher”) award in 2011, and the Concordia Media Outreach Award for Research Communicator of the Year (2012).

Krista’s work garners wide public interest, and has been featured in media outlets including TIME magazine, the Globe & Mail, le Devoir, Today’s Parent, Psychology Today, and CBC’s As It Happens.